Through The Smoke: The Charleston Fire...What's Changed? - Part 1


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In June of this year, nine brave firefighters from the Charleston, SC, Fire Department (CFD) were tragically killed in a commercial building fire. These men, Captain William "Billy" Hutchinson, Captain Mike Benke, Captain Louis Mulkey, Engineer Mark Kelsey, Engineer Bradford "Brad" Baity, Asst. Engineer Michael French; Firefighter James "Earl" Drayton, Firefighter Brandon Thompson and Firefighter Melvin Champaign.

An independent panel hired to study the CFD following the Sofa Super Store tragedy recommended a major overhaul of the department's practices, procedures and equipment. And following the fire, the report and other information - what has really changed so far? What are the steps of change? What changes will be happening and what the additional phases of the report may recommend following the fire that killed nine firefighters.

Join Chief Billy Goldfeder for a discussion with the panel about the fire and the report and what these noted experts found when they went to Charleston. Joining us on the show will be retired Fire Chief Gordon Routley, fire protection expert; Tim Sendelbach, former chief of training for Savannah, GA, Fire and Emergency Services; Mike Chiramonte, a fire inspector and former fire chief in Lynbrook, NY; and Montgomery County, MD, Fire PIO Pete Piringer.

The guests discuss what they've observed and recommended as well as what has changed so far at the CFD, what will change and the important issues related to implementing and affecting "change". Perhaps, and even more importantly, we will here how Phase 1 of the report can be of value to every fire department.

Note: Panel members Assistant Fire Marshal Kevin Roche from Phoenix and Assistant to the Fire Chief Brian Crawford were at previously scheduled details during this recording.

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Related Links:

Charleston Phase 1 Report (PDF)

Frustrated Charleston Firefighters Come Forward

Firehouse.com's Coverage of the Charleston Tragedy

Remembering the Worcester Six - Dec. 3, 1999

Firehouse.com's Worcester Coverage

Chief Frank Montagna's Memorial Page for Dec. 18, 1998 fire that claimed three FDNY firefighters

NIOSH Report for Dec. 18, 1998 Fire

NIOSH Report for Dec. 22, 1999 fire that claimed three Keokuk, IA, firefighters

NIOSH Report for Dec. 16, 2003 Fire that claimed one New York City Firefighter

Remembering Pearl Harbor - Dec. 7, 1941

USS Arizona Memorial

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